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Gameday: Dodgers (59-54) at Phillies (62-50)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Wed, August 11, 2010 05:52 PM | Comments: 156
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Los Angeles Dodgers (59-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (62-50)

Chad Billingsley, RHP (9-6, 3.82 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt, RHP (6-13, 3.50 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: Partly cloudy, 89

Twitter: @philliesnation

When the Dodgers hang a 15-spot on the Phillies, there isn’t a whole lot to feel too good about. But the way the Phillies allowed most of those runs is even more troubling.

Forget that Kyle Kendrick didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. KK had put together three very good starts in a row, and last night was an example of what common folk call “the law of averages” and math majors refer to as “regression to the mean.” Plain and simple, he was due to get hit around, and did he ever against the Dodgers.

Over the course of a 162-game season, any team’s fifth starter is going to give up plenty of runs and have more than a few bad nights. After all, that’s why he’s the fifth starter. Injuries notwithstanding, the Phillies’ real problem was encapsulated by what happened after Kendrick was out of the game. The offense mounted a rally, but the bullpen couldn’t keep the Dodgers at bay, allowing nine – nine! – earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. David Herndon, Danys Baez and, sadly, even J.C. Romero … do you trust these guys to consistently get batters out when called upon? (I won’t lump Antonio Bastardo with them because he’s only recently returned to the Phillies, but his ERA is 5.54, so maybe he should be grouped there too.) After Tuesday’s blowup, the Phillies’ bullpen ERA is 4.26, which ranks 10th in the NL and 19th in the major leagues. The Braves, by comparison, were almost a full run better (3.22) entering Wednesday – good enough to rank third in the league and fifth in the bigs.

Ruben Amaro has apparently hitched his star to starting pitching, and the Phillies are going to need an extra-strength dose of it tonight from Roy Oswalt. As for the team the Phillies are chasing, the Braves won again today – despite another blown save by Billy Wagner and the absence of Larry Wayne Jones, who reportedly was feeling much better after spraining his left knee in last night’s comeback win over the Astros. Jones is scheduled to have an MRI Thursday, and it appears the outlook is much better than when he was writhing in pain on the field.

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LINEUP: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Gload 1B, Ibanez LF, Werth CF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Oswalt P

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Your Gameday BeerMelanie Brewing Company Beer 30 Light

My roommate got this once in college. The name stuck out, as did the fact that you could get a 30-pack for the same price as a case of Natty Light. That’s right. This beer is cheaper than Natty Light. I was too scared to try any, but according to my roommate, it’s the pisswater to end all pisswater. And this is coming from the guy who drank heavy Busch for four years. Enjoy.– By Michael

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    can ibanez play first?
    serious question

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    THAT HAPPENS WHEN THESE GUYS DONT STRETCH ENOUGH !
    I CANT BELIEVE SOMEONE ELSE GOT HURT ! —- TOM JUST SAID THE PHILS HAVE USED 40 PLAYERS THIS YEAR !

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    If Shane really is back soon, they should seriously consider letting RAUUUUUL play first until Ryno gets back…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    ibanez has started 115 games at 1b
    in his career

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Raul ibanez started 135 games at first in his career

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Dom Brown the king of sac lol

    Here’s your chance

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    VERY NICE!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    RAUUUUUUULLLLLLLL!!! EFFIN A COTTON!

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Ibañez played First Base a long time ago. It’d be VERY nice if he could play still, put Francisco in Left. Sweeney hasn’t played first since 2005, but I’m sure he’ll be alright. Just please, not Dobbs.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    GREAT EYE BY THE KID , HERE IT COMES RBI TIME !

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    You could have an outfield of Shane/Frisco, Werth, Brown if Rauuuuul can play 1st…. not too bad for a temporary solution while Ryno gets back. THough Ryno is supposed to be back in 10 days or less.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Raul hasn’t played first since 2005

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    CMON CHOOCHHHHSTER!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Was Jimmy watching how to put together an AB with a runner on third and one out

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    GREAT AB BY THE KID ! —– WERE GONNA BE ENJOYIN THIS KID FOR A LONG TIME ! ——— CHOOCH IS IT FAIR ? —SHIT !

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    ooooh that was close Chooch!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    THIS IS JUST CRAZY!!! ALL THE INJURIES…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    How good has the phils bench been?
    and remember everyone complaining about it a few weeks ago

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yea former MVP
    take lessons from a rookie

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    CHUCK/S ——DITTO !

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    keep leaving runners at 3rd

    has that ever hurt this team before?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Ya know, I joked about D-Bro being the sac king and I think that we all would love to see him come through with a big hit but after seeing an inning like this (and Valdez stranded on third a couple innings ago), it makes you appreciate the fact that he has been able to get that runner in from third.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    WITH ROSS OUT DOES BROWN STAY?????????

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    andrew —- if the bullpen is needed at any time in this game , think 2 runs will be enough ? i dont .

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    where was that pitch ?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    mike no
    and oswalt just walked a guy

    got to be careful here

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    they just said chase has been cleared to start taking some swings

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    funny d brown is the guy you want up with a runner on 3rd
    even though ruiz didnt come through there i like when he is up in that situation and I also like shane there

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    WTF BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    HOW WAS THAT NOT A STRIKE!????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    nice call ump
    you suck

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    i love how oswalt very rarely throws the ball right over the plate .
    where the f##k was that ! —- that was a strike ! WTF !

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    GREAT JOB OSWALT!! clap clap clap

    This is the type of outing I was expecting from him!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    ready for madson and ledge?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    94 MPH GAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ! F##KIN A TAKE THAT !

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    there have been so many times that I’ve seen pitches like that not called and then a shot on the next pitch, I was terrified. Way to go Oswalt!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    @ ANDREW —– DUDE THE LEDGE THING MADE ME LAUGH ! —- AM I ARRIVING A LITTLE LATE TO THE PARTY ? I NEVER HEARD HIM CALLED THAT BEFORE.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    KEMP SPENDING TO MUCH TIME WITH RI-RI…..LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    kenley is a girls name
    fact

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    our phavorite pinch hitter!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    OK BOYS —- HEREESSSSSSSSSSSS DOBSY —WHATS HE GONNA DO ?

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    ANDREW’S NICKNAME FOR LIDGE……PRICELESS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Nice question Jay… maybe D-Bro stays bc Gload is hurt. Strained groin probably lands him on the DL. You’ve gotta have a productive lefthanded bench bat (no Dobbs, not you).

    Oswalt is prob done. Great outing… grab your Bibles, Rosary Beads, Buddha statues, Gonja and pray to whomever you pray to. Madson and Lidge coming up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    ive been calling him that for weeks

    when he comes in its like we are all sitting on a ledge atop the empire state building and there is a hurricane to boot
    i dont really enjoy it but i am definately not a thrill seeker

    I mean literaly every first batter he faces gets on

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Kenley Jansen is filthy… converted catcher throws cheese.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Boo Dobbs

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    WHAT A SURPRISE !!!!! HE BLOWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    greggy almost made contact
    get off his back

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I am actually happy when Greg Dobbs gets out, I was a little mad he got that hit last night

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Dobbs had no chance against Jansen… he’s overmatched against almost everyone.

     
 
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